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jsusan
Contract to Build a Patio

What should we ask to be specifically written into a contract to build a patio?

The contracts offered to us so far seem to be very vague, but we don't know a lot about building a patio. Surely there must be some requirements that we should have entered into the contract.

Thank you!

canuk
Re: Contract to Build a Patio

It would helpful to familiarize yourself as to what's involved with the project.
This way you would see what the contractors are indeed offering to do.
Here's a previous thread that may be helpful
http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=7029&highlight=patio+blocks

You will want the contract to spell out the details of how they intended to prepare the sub base -- materials that will be used and how much --- the start and finsh dates clean up --- price --- most important , references and check them out.

sabo4545
Re: Contract to Build a Patio

be sure that included in the bid is to fix any damage to lawn or other landscaping. They will most likely be bringing in some heavy equipment that could do some damage by driving over the lawn if they need too. Also damage may be caused by materials being dumped on or placed on the lawn.

A. Spruce
Re: Contract to Build a Patio
sabo4545 wrote:

be sure that included in the bid is to fix any damage to lawn or other landscaping. They will most likely be bringing in some heavy equipment that could do some damage by driving over the lawn if they need too. Also damage may be caused by materials being dumped on or placed on the lawn.

Good points on repair of peripheral damages. While there is always something unforeseen, there's a whole lot of things that can get damaged or be overlooked that can add up to increased costs.

I would recommend getting a drawing done, either by you, the contractor, or a draftsman that will give you an overall idea of what the project is going to encompass. During your interview with the contractor, take notes on what his ideas and inclusions will be. At the end of the interview, make sure that your list matches what the contractor is bidding. When the bid is returned, review it with the contractor and your interview notes to make sure that everything has been addressed.

ordjen
Re: Contract to Build a Patio

Establish a paynent schedule. Under no circumstances pay for a job in full until you are completely satisfied. You will never have as much leverage again.

Never give a contractor up front money. If he does not have credit in good standing at the building supply house, you don't want him!

You are going to have considerable material costs with such a project. Don't pay your contractor anything until he supplies you with a "waiver of lien" from the brick suplier indicating that he has paid for all the supplies which were brought to your house. If he did not pay the supplier, YOU are liable for the costs of materials used on your house.This is especially true if the bricks were delivered directly to the job site by the supplier. He KNOWS exactly where his bricks are and he will want his money! You WILL lose in court!

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